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Neha Alawadhi
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Spandan -- depicting the predicament of parents of special children – releases in April-end

A scene from the film Spandan
A scene from the film Spandan

The dilemma of parents whose child suffers from cerebral palsy is unexplored territory in Indian cinema. While films made with children with special needs as central characters have been attempted before, the predicament of parents dealing with the stigma associated with condition and beyond will be dealt with in Spandan, which will be released in the country around April-end.

The film, being released in Marathi with sub-titles, has been produced and directed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) graduates Vegitha Reddy and Aman Tripathi under FilmLila Entertainment.

“On one hand are the ethical issues and stigma associated with a child who has cerebral palsy, while on the other there is the social dimension that deals with emotions that the parents go through,” says Aman.

According to the producers, the film goes beyond the parents' dilemma and questions society's role in being fair with its special citizens. “These are things that happen at a sub-conscious level and need to be communicated subtly. The Munnabhai movie, for example, put across its message of Gandhigiri beautifully, at a very subtle level,” says Aman.

The cast of Spandan includes Anand Abhyankar, Arun Nalawade, Dhruv and Manasi. Around 40 children with special needs were also part of the film. The music is by Isaac Thomas Kottukapally who composed for the National Award-winning film Kutti Srank. The editing has been done by Sreekar Prasad, who has edited films like Guru, Dil Chahta Hai and 7 Khoon Maaf

Pitting the film in the genre of “off-beat cinema”, the producers believe Spandan “meets the standards of international cinema” technology-wise and will be appreciated by audience of sensitive cinema worldwide.


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